Rich Cranberry Coffee Cake Recipe
- 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1-1/2 cups sugar
- 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 4 eggs
- 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour, divided
- 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries, patted dry
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
- Confectioners' sugar
- 1. In a bowl, beat cream cheese, butter, sugar and vanilla until smooth. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
- 2. Combine 2 cups flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to butter mixture. Mix remaining flour with cranberries and nuts; fold into batter. Batter will be very thick. Spoon into a greased 10-in. fluted tube pan.
- 3. Bake at 350° for 65-70 minutes or until cake tests done. Let stand 5 minutes before removing from the pan. Cool on a wire rack. Before serving, dust with confectioners' sugar. Yield: about 16 servings.
1 slice: 337 calories, 20g fat (11g saturated fat), 99mg cholesterol, 285mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (20g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.
Reviews for Rich Cranberry Coffee Cake
"I've been making this coffeecake for holiday gifts for years. But I make it year-round also. I always use frozen berries - but they need to be incorporated very quickly into the batter otherwise the batter gets too chilled to mix properly. The easiest way to do this is to mix the cranberries and nuts with the 1/4 c flour in a large metal bowl; then dump the batter into the bowl and fold the batter with the berries and nuts. So much easier than trying to blend in the mixer bowl. The one difference in my recipe versus this one is the baking temperature. I bake mine at 325 degrees for about 60 min. Comes out perfect every time."
"This is a go to Christmas recipe for our family. Everyone loves it, my husbands coworkers particularly and I love how easy it is to make. It freezes extremely well also."
"This recipe is great to take to a club meeting or church lunch because you will get raves and recipe requests."
"This cake is easy to make and a good reason to keep frozen cranberries in your freezer. I baked it for about 65 minutes and it was perfect. I did forget to put the confectioner's sugar on after it was baked, but it really didn't need it. I like this cake because it is not overly sweet. It is perfect with a nice cup of coffee and satisfies a sweet tooth without being too much. I used a little more cranberries and nuts than called for because I didn't feel like taking the time to measure accurately on those ingredients. So I went with close enough and a few extra berries and nuts never hurts anything :). I used real butter and real cream cheese because if you are going to take the time to bake, skimping on ingredients is just plain silly. If you are looking for something to serve company, feel confident in making this recipe. Your guests will be glad you did."
"Wonderful and delicious!"
"This cake was delicious. After reading previous reviews, I baked it for 50 minutes and it was perfect. I used reduced-fat cream cheese and cut the cranberries in half before adding them to the batter. I didn't add the nuts due to family preference. Thank you for sharing our new favorite cranberry recipe!"
"Made two of these to take to Christmas get togethers, they both turned out great. Stays very moist, the cream cheese really comes out, the tart and the crunch are a great combo. As with some of the other reviewers, mine ended up being a little brown, so next time I'd take it out at 50 or 55 minutes. But other than that it was a big holiday hit!"
"Absolutely delicious! As it is quite caloric, save it for special occasions when you want to splurge. I added 1/2 teas. of cinnamon and a dash of nutmeg to the original recipe. Mine was very done at 60 minutes so suggest checking it earlier. Can't wait for the next special occasion to make again!"
"As with all TOH recipes, giving thisrecipe 5 star rating. Making to give as Christmas gift. Thank You for posting this recipe."
"This is a supper cake as is. But the second time I made it I used the whole 12 oz bag ofberries . I also used 1 cup of pecans and added 1/4 tsp. almond extract and upped the sugar to 2 cups. I thought it was better. Let it cool a little longer before working with it since there is so much more fruit etc in it."
"This cake was phenomenal! My whole family loved it - the texture is perfect and the flavor delicious!"
"The cake came out good, but a little overdone. I took it out at 60 min., next time will start to check at 50. I will add 2 packages of cranberries next time I make it."
"Super good just as recipe is. I made it twice in one week. It's just that good. Second time I add all the 3 cups/12 oz? bag of fresh cranberries, a tsp of almond extract along with an extra 1/2 tsp of vanilla & 3 extra tbls sugar. The additions really gave it more flavor & moisture. I killed a loaf in one day by myself. I've never eaten that much of anything! I'm going to add this cake to my Christmas goody packages. Absolute keeper recipe!!!"
"Have made this for many years! It's an all time family favorite.Makes a nice gift people always ask for the recipe"
"I've used this recipe ever since it was published in the magazine...all time favorite. I freeze cranberries so I can make it anytime of the year."
"I substituted non-dairy cream cheese and non-dairy margarine and used Splenda Blend for the sugar. It still turned out terrific. Even my husband, who does not like cranberries, enjoyed it!"
"this was so moist!!! I did add an extra half cup of cranberries"
"This recipe is not only good but easy. I poured a butter sauce over it when I plated for company. My company loved it."
"Easy, moist, delicious, baked this recipe a couple of times everyone loves it. I add ½ tsp. cinnamon and ¼ tsp. ground nutmeg."
"Would definitely make again - nice contrast between the rich batter and the tart cranberries. This one is a keeper"
"I have made this recipe nearly every year for the holidays since it was published in 1992. It is, hands down, the most flavorful and rich tasting cranberry baked product I've ever tasted. I have served it as a coffee cake and glazed as a dessert. It has become a family recipe. I am ALWAYS asked for the recipe."
"One of the best coffee cakes I've ever had. Can't wait to make it for my church social."
"I am eating this delicious cake as I write this review. Great mixture of sweet and tart!"
"This is going to become a favorite cake for my family. We all love the texture and the taste is wonderful."
"Excellent, moist and flavorful cake. Chop the cranberries for a more distributed taste. I cut the butter in half and added 8 oz yogurt and it was still excellent, but healthier. You can also sub half the cranberries with dried cranberries."
"Very good and easy. My teenage daughter loves it!"
"Very good! Easy to make. Cranberries give just the right tartness. The cake itself is rich and buttery. Will definitely make again. Frozen berries worked great. I used a whole bag which is just a little more than 2 c."